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Everything good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together this September for the first ever Sydney Italian Wine + Food Festival. What better way to spend a Sunday celebrating and exploring Italian wine and food. Food lovers will revel in our cooking demonstrations in the Smeg Kitchen, shop Italian goodies in the market, food talks, plus the crowning of Australia’s top lasagne maker in ‘Alessandro’s Lasagne Challenge‘. Wine lovers can sample over 250 premium Italian wines from regional stands, join in our wine masterclasses and taste Artisan Italian beer. Take it all in as you relax in the Italian wine garden listening to live Italian jazz music. As they say Italians Do It Better.
You’ll meet winemakers and importers, learn more about Italy’s grape varieties, where they come from and who makes them. Want to learn more about Sangiovese or explore the great red wines of Piedmont? Ever wondered what natural wines are or why they are so controversial? Presented by Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine, our masterclasses, hosted by renowned wine journalists Huon Hooke and Max Allen will be held all day, giving Italian wine lovers and trade professionals the opportunity to focus on a particular region, variety or style of interest. Expect lively conversation and a little controversy too!
Do you make the best lasagne in Sydney? Do you know someone who does? Star chef Alessandro Pavoni of Ormeggio fame and a lasagne master himself has thrown down Alessandro’s Lasagne Challenge, inviting home cooks to enter their own winning recipes. He will judge the Top 10 with an elite panel of judges including Pat Nourse (Chief food critic and deputy editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine) Callan Boys (Editor SMH Good Food Guide) and Myffy Rigby (Chief food and drink critic Time Out Australia). Entries are now open!